Peeple, 'Yelp For Humans' App, Hit With Huge Backlash

October 1st 2015

Laura Donovan

Many have expressed outrage over a new app called Peeple, which will allow users to rate human beings as they would restaurants or other businesses. The app, which is being touted by many as the "Yelp for people," started trending on Thursday because many are concerned it will perpetuate social media harassment.

“People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions,” co-founder Julia Cordray told the Washington Post in a new interview. “Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”

As the negative feedback piles up, Peeple co-founders Cordray and Nicole McCullough are tirelessly defending their product, going so far as to copy and paste nice comments they've received on the Peeple Facebook page in an effort to show that not everyone dislikes it. They've also clarified that bullying will not be tolerated on the app and that too many negative ratings against other people can hurt a user. The women claim nearly 80 percent of Yelp reviews are positive, meaning even "when given the chance to hide by being anonymous people are genuinely good" and that the new app will bring out the best in users. Regardless, much of the Internet is not convinced.



Here's what people have to say about Peeple: